Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Psalm 8:3–8:4, Mark 10:35–10:45, Hebrews 13:17, John 13:12–13:17, John 13:12–13:17
A five-week series diving deep into our five defining values as a church--the distinguishing characteristics that shape Hopevale.
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Hopevale DNA: Our 5 Defining Values
“Hopevale DNA” explains what’s most important to us as a church in how we approach life and ministry. These 5 defining values shape things like how we conduct ourselves, how we treat others, how we function as a church family, how we live out our faith beyond the four walls of our church.
1. Focused Faith
2. Authentic Love
3. Mutual Respect
4. Shared Ministry
5. Servant Leadership
These are the qualities that make us us.
Review: (1) Focused Faith
FOCUSED FAITH means keeping the main thing the main thing. We can’t let secondary issues distract us from what matters most.
Review: (2) Authentic Love
AUTHENTIC LOVE means we practice what we preach and put feet to our faith. We don’t just talk the talk, but we also walk the walk.
Review: (3) Mutual Respect
MUTUAL RESPECT means living out the Golden Rule by treating others the way we want them to treat us.
Review: (4) Shared Ministry
SHARED MINISTRY means everybody is doing something rather than some people doing everything. Find your place and use your gifts.
The Need for Significance
As people, we have a basic, fundamental need to feel significant and that our lives count for something. This need is inherent to who we are as human beings created in the image of God. So our need for significance isn't a matter of right and wrong. Rather, it’s a matter of what and who: What or who do we look to to find our significance and to tell us that we matter?
Ultimately we need to look to God as the source of our significance. We matter to God. He not only proclaims this message throughout all His creation, but He also proved that message by sending us His Son Jesus to die in our place on the cross for our sins. All the significance our hearts are longing for are found in Him and nothing else.
Psalm 8:3-4 NIV
3 When I consider your heavens,the work of your fingers,the moon and the stars,which you have set in place, 4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,human beings that you care for them?
Mark 10:35-45 NIV
35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” 36 “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. 37 They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.” 38 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?” 39 “We can,” they answered.Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, 40 but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.” 41 When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. 42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
THIS WEEK: (5) Servant Leadership
SERVANT LEADERSHIP means leaders are called to pursue Kingdom greatness through humility by serving others and not themselves… just like Jesus.
Servant Leadership isn’t doormat leadership. It doesn’t mean that you govern by popular opinion or that you always give into the most vocal critics either. No, Servant Leadership as Jesus modeled it simply means that it’s not about you. So if God has entrusted you with a position of authority and influence with others, then use that leadership role to fulfill your calling, not to find your significance.
Servant Leadership in Action
1. Abuse of authority is wrong, but authority itself is not.
It's easy to give up on leadership and authority altogether because many have abused their positions of authority, caused serious harm to others, and destroyed the trust they were given. Still, authority in itself is not a dirty word. Authority is something that God created. It not only goes back to the very beginning in the Garden of Eden, but also even further back than that before time began in all eternity past with the loving and perfect authority that existed among the three persons of the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. So while we definitely need to be vigilant to call out abusive leadership when we see it, we shouldn't write off authority and leadership altogether.
Servant Leadership in Action
2. Servant leaders invite accountability.
Leaders need to be held accountable for their actions, especially in matters of morality, character, and integrity. No leader is beyond that. Here at Hopevale, the staff are accountable to our elders, our elders in turn are accountable to the church, and all of us are ultimately accountable to God. Accountable doesn’t mean micromanaged, but it does mean being open to valid criticism and loving correction. There needs to be a spirit of openness and transparency where people feel like they can speak up if they see something wrong. Now we shouldn't rush to judgment right away over every little thing, because the Bible lays out clear steps on how to do to this well. Still everyone in a position of leadership needs to be both approachable and above reproach.
Servant Leadership in Action
3. Servant leaders need supportive followers.
For the church to thrive, it needs both good leaders and good followers. That's not a call to blind loyalty, but it is a call to leaders who serve and followers who support. They’re supportive with their prayers; they’re supportive with their words; and they’re supportive with their involvement. In this culture of outrage that we live in today, it would be great if the church could be known as a place of unity, peace, and harmony, because everyone (whether they’re a leader or not) is following the example of Jesus and the instruction of Scripture.
Hebrews 13:17 NIV
17 Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.
John 13:1-5 NIV
1 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
John 13:12-17 NIV
12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
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Christian leadership is not a race to the top, but a race to the bottom.
1. What makes a person a good leader? What makes a person a good Christian leader? How are the two different—if they are?
2. If leadership simply means having influence in someone else’s life, who are you “leading” in your personal, work, and church life?
3. Read Mark 10:35-45. Think of a time and place that you experienced someone in authority “lording it over you.” What did they say or do, and how did it affect you and others?
4. Have you ever fallen into—or been tempted to—lead this “Gentile way” yourself? How so?
5. Note how Jesus and the Apostle Paul demonstrated servant-leadership in the verses below. What questions do you have about it? In what ways do you need to grow more as a servant-leader?
* John 13:1-5
* 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
* 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
* Colossians 4:12-13
6. Once again, name the five values in Hopevale’s DNA. What especially are you taking away from this message series?